[m365weekly] #157

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Issue #157

☁️What’s on my mind

With all the go-to-market activities Microsoft is planning for the next few months, it is obvious that they are betting big on Copilot for Microsoft 365.

I got my Copilot license last week and my first impressions are excellent.

But the real usefulness will be shown in the next few weeks because I am involved in quite a few activities and I expect the Copilot will help me with writing, brainstorming, and preparing presentations.

I will report back.

P.S.: You’ll notice below that I have a new section dedicated specifically to Copilot content

Have a nice week,
Matic Z.

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☁️Productivity & Modern Workplace

Microsoft Clipchamp Speech Audio To Video Editing Feature. Clipchamp is a video editing tool that now offers innovative features like text-to-speech and auto-captions. The text-to-speech function uses AI technology to convert written scripts into natural-sounding speech, making it easier to create voiceovers in multiple languages.

Loop comes to OneNote: The good and bad of Loop’s new app integration. Microsoft Loop has recently been integrated into the OneNote web app, offering both Loop and OneNote users more workflow options. This video examines the advantages and drawbacks of these new features, currently in preview.

☁️Copilot & AI

Copilot Productivity Tip – Teams Chat Catchup. Keeping up with global team chats in Microsoft Teams can be challenging due to time zone differences. Copilot Catchup is a handy tool that helps summarize missed conversations, allowing you to decide if you need to read everything in detail.

Developing Prompts with Copilot Notebook. With an extended character limit of 18,000, you can now create more comprehensive prompts. The easy prompt editing and improved iteration make it perfect for working on longer materials like essays, papers, or articles.

Save Time At Work With Microsoft Copilot – Learn How I Freed Up 5+ Hours Weekly! Looking for ways to save time and boost productivity at work? In this insightful tutorial, you’ll see real-life applications of Copilot in a VP of Product Development role, managing multiple departments and employees. Packed with actionable advice, strategies, and recommended prompts, this guide will empower you to streamline your work and enhance the quality and creativity of your output using Microsoft Copilot.

☁️Sysadmin Stuff

Transitioning to cloud.microsoft domain. Microsoft announced last year that all Office 365 related services will transition to a unified cloud.microsoft domain. The shift has already begun, with Microsoft Service Health Status, M365/Office 365 Setup, and M365/Office 365 Administration Center now using the new domain. Make sure to update your firewall and proxy rules to accommodate these changes.

Set Up Email Signatures for Microsoft 365 Shared Mailbox and User Mailbox. Creating distinct email signatures for Microsoft 365 user and shared mailboxes in Outlook boosts professionalism and brand identity. For shared mailboxes, set up signatures within Outlook or through the Exchange admin center. For user mailboxes, follow similar steps but log in with the user account. Remember, the signature used depends on the user’s permissions.

Customizing Quarantine Notification Messages. To customize email notifications for quarantined messages in Microsoft 365, use PowerShell instead of the Defender portal. This allows you to create customized notifications in multiple languages. After updating the settings, users will see custom values in their quarantine notifications. Details inside the article.

☁️Security & Data Governance

NIS2 vs GDPR vs ISO 27001: Key Differences Explained. Grasping the distinctions between NIS-II, GDPR, and ISO 27001 is vital for organizations aiming to improve their data protection and cybersecurity. Each framework serves a unique purpose, but their integration can strengthen overall security measures. The synergy between NIST and NIS-II further bolsters best practices in cybersecurity.

Find Users with Passwords X Days Old. A simple but super useful script.

☁️Noteworthy (long)reads

Speed of AI development is outpacing risk assessment. Traditional evaluation methods struggle to keep up with fast-evolving AI systems, posing challenges for businesses and public organizations. As AI investments become a priority for CEOs, companies are urged to develop internal test sets and focus on human evaluation for better performance judgment.

Thread Hijacking: Phishes That Prey on Your Curiosity. Thread hijacking attacks use ongoing conversations to trick recipients with malicious links. A journalist experienced this, receiving emails with a fake Microsoft login page.


By September 30, 2024 – Business Connectivity Services (BCS) retirement in Microsoft 365. (Timeline and alternative solution)

December 16, 2024Retiring of Delve application.

End of 2024 – Mail and Calendar Apps in Windows will be retired. The new Outlook will be installed on new Windows 11 devices.

October 2026Retirement of Microsoft Publisher app which has been a part of Office Suite for years.


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